ASHA stands in solidarity with protesters across the country demanding an end to police brutality and the institutionalized racism that underpins it. Racism is insidious, pervasive and tightly woven into the fabric of our nation. Its tentacles are far reaching. It fuels violations of basic human rights and denies Black people the inalienable rights afforded in the declaration of independence. It creates health inequities including in sexual and reproductive health. The brutal, but causal, murder of George Floyd cast a flood light on a national tragedy. Enough.
The diversity, passion and voices of protesters in every state provide glimmers of hope. Silence is a no knock warrant in the middle of the night. A knee to the neck, a dead unarmed 17 year old boy.
There is widespread support for change. It’s hard to know where to start. But there is plenty you can do—just choose. If you are looking for a place to donate, this list offers many options, including victim memorial funds, policy reform organizations, Black LGBTQ organizations, mental health organizations, and more. If you’re looking for resources on how to be antiracist, you can read more information online as well as check out some recommended books, and support Black-owned bookstores in the process. And as the nationwide protests begin to compel action of the part of elected officials, learn who yours are—on a local, state and national level—and learn about the issue at hand. Black lives matter.